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Wearing her heart on her sleeve while sewing intimates for her clientele, Esther is the talented African American seamstress in turn-of-the-century New York who has built a savings for herself making beautiful undergarments—while earnestly daydreaming of new beginnings, romantic possibilities, and the lingering affection she shares with a Jewish fabric merchant. But when an egregious deception cuts short heartfelt desires, can class, culture and circumstance outmatch the strength of human spirit? Inspired by a true story, Intimate Apparel is a heart-rending contemporary work in the style of an enduring classic—from the first female playwright to win two Pulitzers.
By Lynn Nottage
Directed by Melissa Coleman-Reed
September 20 – October 20, 2019
Winner of the 2004 New York Drama Critics Circle and the Outer Critics Circle Awards.
"Nottage's play has a delicacy and eloquence that seem absolutely right for the time she is depicting…New York has no richer play…" —NY Daily News
"…thoughtful, affecting…The play offers poignant commentary on an era when the cut and color of one's dress—and of course, skin—determined whom one could and could not marry, sleep with, even talk to in public." —Variety